Michael Schaus - In Other News: Real Liberals Want to Ban Fake Guns
Posted: 12/19/2014 12:58:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

The State Department is excited because our Nuclear stockpile is down 85 percent… I don’t think these people “get it”. It’s not our nukes that are the problem. (Cough*NorthKorea*Cough)

(Weekly Standard)

The White House is searching for an adequate response to North Korea’s cyber-attack on Sony Entertainment. I guess releasing a lowbrow comedy about killing Kim Jong Un is probably a non-starter, right?


A Federal Court has ruled that the “mental health gun ban” rule is unconstitutional. This means Democrats and Progressives can go back to owning guns anytime they like.


New York’s Attorney General wants to put a ban on fake guns. Only a liberal would think that outlawing toy guns will somehow cut back on real crime.

(Fox Business)

Harvard has ripped the “Soda Stream” label off all their water machines, because they fear that the Israeli owned company may inadvertently offend Palestinian students. Apparently Palestinian intolerance for anything peripherally related to Israel is part of an Ivy League education nowadays.

(Daily Caller)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Obama is Jimmy Carter’s New Hero
Posted: 12/18/2014 3:14:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Obama has sent hundreds of troops to Anbar province in Iraq… I almost feel like we did this once before. Wouldn’t it have been easier if we had never left the area in the first place?


Former President Jimmy Carter is proud of Obama for his plan to “normalize” relations with Cuba. Every day Obama is in office, Jimmy Carter looks a little less incompetent. I’m sure he’s thrilled.


Remember how liberals always told us that our “war on terror” just made the Middle East hate us? Well, apparently Iraq’s Kurdish population absolutelyloves America. As it turns out, our War on Terror really only irritated the terrorist. And, I think that was kinda the point.

(Fox News)

The US is warning Putin that placing nukes in Crimea will “not be tolerated”… I guess he should brace himself for a strongly worded letter, or a “red line” drawn in washable Crayola marker.

(Free Beacon)

A philosophy professor made it official policy in her class that students were not allowed to defend traditional marriage. When someone had the audacity to criticize this professor’s policy, they were promptly barred from campus for being “intolerant”. I really don’t think that word means what liberals think it means.

(Daily Caller)

Bots now outnumber human beings on the world-wide interwebs. It’s only a matter of time until they become sentient and start taking things over.


Michael Schaus - In Other News: New Captain America Will be Black; Racist Liberals Suddenly Become Fans
Posted: 12/17/2014 1:25:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Obama is praising the #Illridewithyou twitter campaign that aims to curb Islamophobia on public transportation. “I’ll ride with you” is also a common phrase among Islamic women because they’re not allowed to obtain a driver’s license.

(The Hill)

The Obama Administration is now looking to normalize relations with the communist nation of Cuba. Just picture it: A cigar-smoke filled back room in Cuba with a bunch of commies making empty promises… Cuban officials will also be there.

(Fox News)

George Washington University students signed a petition encouraging Barack Obama to deport one American Citizen for each illegal immigrant that receives amnesty. Naturally, they mostly wanted to deport Tea Party members. (I’m not sure where they would send them… Maybe Texas?)

(Campus Reform)

The guy now in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement says that citizenship is a “right” for illegal immigrants. I assume the idea of building a wall on our southern border has been replaced with plans to lay down some red carpet.


The new Captain America is now black. Superman is no longer a US citizen. Apparently Thor is now a woman, Spider-Man is part-Puerto Rican and Ms. Marvel is Muslim. Why? Because being “tolerant” and “multicultural” means you sometimes have to change history a little to better fit your narrative.


Michael Schaus - In Other News: Vacationer in Chief Looking Forward to Hawaiian Golf Course
Posted: 12/16/2014 1:04:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Obama says he is really looking forward to his 17 day Hawaiian vacation. If he was actually going to disappear for all of those 17 days, I’d be excited for his vacation as well.

(Washington Examiner)

Islamists A random group of people took control of a school in Pakistan, killed children, and burned a teacher alive, in the name of Jihad for absolutely no reason whatsoever. Also: Islam is a religion of peace.

(Weekly Standard)

The Left wing media has dubbed a group of Nationalistic Germans (who oppose liberal immigration policies) “pin-stripe Nazis”… Because nothing helps encourage “tolerance” like calling someone a Nazi, right?

(The Guardian)

I don’t think Republicans, Democrats, Liberals or Progressives, are really the problem… People who feel like its “okay” to take a “selfie” during a hostage crisis are the ones who really are to blame for the decay of modern culture.


Jeb Bush says he is “actively exploring” the possibility of running for President. His first step should be “actively exploring” what it would take for Republicans to believe that he is actually a Republican… Because I don’t think support for the Federal takeover of education will really rally the base.

(Fox News)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: White House Apparently Forgets to Pay Power Bill
Posted: 12/15/2014 11:42:00 AM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

A professor in NYC has been charged after bringing a bag full of hammers to a protest. I sure hope they weren’t “assault” hammers.


The lights flickered out at the White House and the State Department this morning. Kinda makes you wonder just how badly they needed that spending authorization… I didn’t realize they were 60 days behind on their electric bill.

(Weekly Standard)

Liberals in Australia are worried that the ongoing hostage situation might increase Islamaphobia. I get the feeling that they’re kinda missing the bigger picture:


Students continue to complain about Michelle Obama’s lunch program. I keep waiting for fourth graders to show up to their cafeterias waiving the Gadsden flag.

(EAG News)

According to the US Census, whites will be a minority demographic by 2044. Something tells me they still won't be eligible for affirmative action.

(Washington Examiner)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Mike Bloomberg is Having a Miserable Day
Posted: 12/11/2014 12:47:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim and a current human rights activist, reports that Joe Biden attempted to “correct” her on “one or two things” about Islam. For visual aids, I’m sure he was going to draw a picture using his box of crayons.

(Truth Revolt)

For the first time in two decades, Pew research shows a majority of Americans support the right to own a gun. Mike Bloomberg was last seen crying quietly in a corner.

(People Press)

North Korea, Iran, and China all blasted the US over recent claims made in the Democrat sponsored CIA interrogation report… Because, as we all know, those three countries are pillars of morality in an otherwise cruel and heartless world. (By the way, “death by mortar” is an actual punishment in North Korea.)

(CNS News)

Activists are upset after they learned that white and black Barbie dolls are sometimes priced differently from each other… Yep, liberals are shouting for “price equality” among the imaginary ethnicities of Barbie. (We should start a petition: equal pay for equal play.)


Palestinians have created an imaginary super hero, named “Gaza Man”. Gaza Man (boy those Palestinians are a clever bunch, aren’t they?) will fight the Jews in imaginary battles as part of a propaganda effort. After some discussion, it was decided he would not be a suicide bomber because that cuts down on the opportunity for a sequel.

(Free Beacon)

CNN ran an op-ed written by a GITMO inmate (who worked directly under Bin Laden), in which the inmate says America should be ashamed of what our government has done to accused terrorists. Say what you will about waterboarding, but I’m pretty sure that watching CNN still qualifies as a form of torture.


Michael Schaus - In Other News: MSNBC Should Sue Iran for Stealing Their Talking Points
Posted: 12/10/2014 12:22:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

The website that is supposed to display the text of John Boehner’s 1,600 page omnibus bill is broken. I guess we’re just going to have to pass it to find out what's  in it.


Iran’s state-run media criticized the US for its “inhumane” treatment of African Americans. I wonder if MSNBC is preparing to sue for plagiarism.

(Fars News)

Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein released her report on the CIA’s torture techniques… A quick question for all those anti-CIA libertarians out there who seem to be eating this stuff up with a spoon: If you wouldn’t trust an economic report put out by this same California liberal, why do you believe this garbage?

(USA Today)

A US military Chaplain is being punished for talking about God during a suicide prevention class. It's pretty obvious that a suicide prevention class, being organized by a religious figure, is no place for God. (Jesus saves… Just not in government buildings.)

(Fox News)

Over $60,000 in stimulus money will be spent to shovel horse manure. Isn’t that what we paid Jonathan Gruber to do?

(Free Beacon)

Nothing says “let’s save the planet” quite like holding a huge, fossil-fuel powered conference. Have these environmentalists never heard of “gotomeeting”?

(US News)

John Ransom - Small Business Confidence Up: NFIB
Posted: 12/9/2014 1:38:00 PM EST

The National Federation of Independent Businesses reports that optimism amongst small business owners has returned to a pre-recession levels and is now barely above it’s long-term average from 1974 to 2014.

The confidence index has likely been helped first by lower interest rates, which has increased optimism about real estate, a key driver of small businesses and lower energy prices. But according to the NFIB the usual sprint that you see to restored confidence levels has been what instead they call a slow slog.

“Unfortunately,” says the small business federation, “the Index did not sprint past the average which is typical of a strong recovery before settling back down. Instead it’s been a slow slog just to reach this point. It’s a little early to declare a breakout.”

46 percent of small businesses complained that taxes and red tape are the single biggest problem facing business owners.

Obviously the election of a GOP-led congress has done a bit to boost optimism as well.

Michael Schaus - Other News: Still “Clinging to Guns and Religion” in Obama’s America
Posted: 12/9/2014 12:18:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Joe Biden, impressed by the intelligence of some computer-programming young girls, let them know that they “are as smart as any boy”… Don’t worry Obama, you’re never going to be impeached.

(Fox News)

New York City Council members held a “die-in” on the steps of City Hall to express their outrage over police violence… Whatever happened to the predictions that NYC would sink into the ocean? Can we still count on that, or what?

(Huffington Post)

President Obama is doing his part to help stoke racial tensions. He said in a recent interview that police shoot black folks because white cops are often afraid of “people who look different”… If you need me, I’ll be over here clinging to my bible and my gun.

(NY Daily News)

A police chief in Wisconsin compared gun ownership to Ebola, and then asked citizens to allow a door-to-door search for firearms. This sounds like a great plan. Would he also like Wisconsin citizens to quarter troops in their homes?


Up to 35 Federal Agencies are preparing to share, store, and utilize your private electronic healthcare information. Is there any way we can put a copy of the constitution in our records so these bureaucrats will read something useful?

(Weekly Standard)

John Ransom - UBS Pushes Hedge Funds
Posted: 12/9/2014 11:35:00 AM EST

Propelled by new software with a new algorithm that predicts whether the risks in hedge funds are low, medium or high, UBS securities is on a push to get advisors to include hedge funds in asset allocations for clients.

According to Investment News “those predictions are based on an algorithm that evaluates as many as three dozen variables intended to establish whether market, economic, liquidity and volatility risk factors support making allocations to hedge funds.”

Hedge funds have the ability to go both long and short in their portfolio, thereby hedging the market. 

But they are often seen as risky play. With the unraveling of Bernie Madoff’s hedge fund fraud and the high fees sometimes associated with hedge funds, clients can be reluctant to use them.

UBS is pushing to change that.

I'm okay with hedge funds. They generally get a bad rap, but when used properly can help boost risk-adjusted returns. You just need to know the risks.